transFORM Gallery has partnered with Elisa Contemporary Art to exhibit the artwork of Carol Bennett and Ken Peloke at our Manhattan showroom, Suite 708 in the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue. The exhibit features the Swimmers of Hawaiian painter, Carol Bennett and the mixed media Equestrian artwork of Arizona artist, Ken Peloke. transFORM’s innovative showrooms combine the art gallery experience with our custom built-in furniture.
“The floor beneath the pool, with its ethereal skylight, was an underwater observation room...used by Olympic coaches in the 1920's. I would feel like a voyeur, watching the swimmer's private time and drawing in their beauty. I became the swimmer I observed in the images I later created.” - Carol Bennett
“There is such an honesty and purity that is felt while spending time with our horse, as an artist I feel compelled to try to relay those same emotions to the viewers through my work.” - Ken Peloke
Take a look at the pieces we have available in Manhattan today:
About Carol Bennett
She is a native of Los Angeles, who has spent the last 20 years living in Hawaii in Kaua'i. She spends all of her time surrounded by water, and a great deal within it. Her work is a meditative journey through both the water and through life. Her fascination with the swimmer imagery began when she was living in Los Angeles and swimming at the LA Athletic Club.
After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara (College of Creative Studies) and the Art Center College of Design (LA), Carol became a scenic artist, painting stage sets for theater, film and TV. It was this experience that has driven Carol’s continuous exploration into texture, layering and the use of new and innovative materials. According to Carol, ““I have a free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion...I am intrigued by the innate nature of different types of material... the nature of things”
Carol's work has been featured in many solo and group exhibits throughout California and Hawaii. Carol has created several public art projects including “Water as a Point of Departure” for the Nawiiwili Harbor in Oahu and a 48' x 8' photovoltaic glass canopy for the Hawai'i State Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including The Contemporary Museum of Art (Hawaii) and The Persis Collection of Contemporary Art. She has been featured in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and Ocean Home Magazine.
About Ken Peloke
Ken Peloke’s photorealistic mixed media horse paintings were inspired by the time he spent with his wife’s horses. Ken discovered their beauty, their athleticism, and their innocence. His bold, large-scale pieces capture the pure essence of each horse – the beauty, nobility and power. His multimedia approach creates depth and incredible realism to his pieces that give them a one of a kind contemporary appeal.
Although born in rural New York, Ken has lived in Arizona since he was 9. Ken's work has been featured in Western Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture and is in Public and Private Collections across the US including New York, San Francisco, Jackson Hole, Miami, Scottsdale and Sun Valley.
About Elisa Contemporary Art
Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of both emerging and established contemporary artists, many of whom have work in the permanent collections of major museums and corporations. Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. Elisa Contemporary Art has participated in high-end art fairs in New York, Miami and the Hamptons, and curated 12 public art exhibits in the Tri-State area. A portion of every sale is donated to philanthropic organizations that help children and families in underserved communities heal and grow through their art.